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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
busy (adjective)
1.
a) engaged in action - occupied
b) being in use - found the telephone busy
2.
full of activity - bustling a busy seaport
3.
foolishly or intrusively active - meddling
4.
full of distracting detail - a busy design
busy (verb)
transitive verb
intransitive verb
to make busy - occupy - bustle small boats busied to and fro Quentin Crewe
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
busy (adjective)
1.
involved in often constant activity
SYNONIMS:
active, assiduous, bustling, diligent, employed, engaged, hopping, industrious, laborious, occupied, sedulous, tied-up, working
RELATED WORDS:
knee-deep, swamped; animated, astir, buzzing, flourishing, happening, humming, lively, thriving, vibrant; absorbed, concentrating, engrossed, focused ( focussed), immersed, intent, preoccupied; alive, functional, functioning, going, living, operating, operational, operative, running; energetic, vigorous; hardworking; indefatigable, tireless, untiring
NEAR ANTONYMS:
free; asleep, dormant, latent, lifeless, quiescent, sleepy; inert, passive; dead, dull, slow; inoperative, nonoperating
idle, inactive, unbusy, unemployed, unoccupied
busy (adjective)
2.
marked by much life, movement, or activity
SYNONIMS:
aboil, abubble, abuzz, animated, astir, brisk, bustling, busy, buzzing, flourishing, happening, hopping, humming, kinetic, lively, rousing, stirring, thriving, vibrant
RELATED WORDS:
abounding, crowded, overflowing, populous, swarming, teeming, thronging
asleep, dead, inactive, lifeless, sleepy
busy (adjective)
3.
thrusting oneself where one is not welcome or invited
SYNONIMS:
busy, interfering, intruding, meddlesome, meddling, nosy ( nosey), obtrusive, officious, presuming, presumptuous, protrusive, prying, pushing, pushy, snoopy
RELATED WORDS:
bold, brazen, bumptious, impertinent, impudent, insolent, rude; invading, trespassing; curious, inquisitive; annoying, harassing, pestiferous; overbearing, superserviceable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
hands-off; uninvolved; quiet, reclusive, reserved, reticent, retiring, silent, taciturn, withdrawn; inhibited, restrained, subdued
unobtrusive
busy (verb)
to hold the attention of
SYNONIMS:
absorb, bemuse, busy, catch up, engross, enthrall ( enthral), enwrap, fascinate, grip, immerse, interest, intrigue, involve, occupy
RELATED WORDS:
allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, obsess; hypnotize, mesmerize; distract, preoccupy; hog, monopolize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bore, jade, pall, tire, weary
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